The Atlas of Beauty: Women of the World in 500 Portraits by Mihaela Noroc

The Atlas of Beauty: Women of the World in 500 Portraits

Photographs and stories of 500 women from around the world, based on the author's hugely popular website.Since 2013 Mihaela Noroc has travelled the world with her backpack and camera taking photos of everyday women to showcase the diversity and beauty all around us. The Atlas of Beauty is a collection of her photographs that celebrates women from fifty countries across the...

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The Atlas of Beauty: Women of the World in 500 Portraits Reviews

  • Lauren James

    This was so lovely. It's really nice hearing stories from women all across the world. I would have liked the text to be a bit longer - some pictures didn't have any information about the woman, and I found I wanted to know more about them, Humans of New York style! - but it's a really lovely diverse collection.

  • Elizabeth

    *I received an ARC copy from Netgally for an honest review.* This is actually the first photography book that I've ever reviewed. I decided to expand my horizon and now will be incorporating photography books. I definitely liked the concept of this photographers series. She had a dream to travel and photograph women and I congratulate her on doing something that she's always wanted to do. There are quite a few photographs and stand out to me and that I also thought she did an exceptional job on.

    *I received an ARC copy from Netgally for an honest review.* This is actually the first photography book that I've ever reviewed. I decided to expand my horizon and now will be incorporating photography books. I definitely liked the concept of this photographers series. She had a dream to travel and photograph women and I congratulate her on doing something that she's always wanted to do. There are quite a few photographs and stand out to me and that I also thought she did an exceptional job on. I applaud the photographer for only using natural light to light her subjects. Personally I favor natural lighting over using a bunch of heavy equipment and also because of flexibility. Also, natural lighting was the perfect type of lighting for these subjects and concept. If the photographer had used strobes and such then it would of gone against her concept in a way. The only issues I had with this book was the amount of type/lack of type and the formatting which might be different by time the finished copy is released. Some excerpts were one sentence and others were a full on two pages. I just wish there was more of a consistency with the formatting but I do understand that sometimes the individuals you are photographing don't have time to sit down and talk long. The one thing that irritated me about this book, and maybe it was because it was a ebook version, but matching up the photograph with the type was really confusing at times because the text would be out of or and then your having the flip pages back and forth. Also at random points in the book the text was red for a couple of lines. Other then the formatting issues I really did enjoy this book. I would be very interested to see what kind of other work this photographer creates in the future. I would definitely recommend this book!

  • pi

    Beauty is diverse ūüíē

    I would have loved to have more info of every photo (some of them don't even have a text) because I want to know more about all these women, but it is an amazing collection of pictures, and I love that it reflects diversity in terms of race, ability, and sexual orientation.

  • Nat

    This collection seemed like the perfect blend between 

     by Kate T. Parker and Brandon Stanton's 

    . So the wait to get approved for this ARC was nearly excruciating with me checking my emails every day for a week. But I'm glad to say that it lived up to the hype I created in my mind.

    Since 2013 photographer Mihaela Noroc has traveled the world with her backpack and camera taking photos of everyday women to showcase the diversity of beauty all around us. 

    This collection seemed like the perfect blend between 

     by Kate T. Parker and Brandon Stanton's 

    . So the wait to get approved for this ARC was nearly excruciating with me checking my emails every day for a week. But I'm glad to say that it lived up to the hype I created in my mind.

    Since 2013 photographer Mihaela Noroc has traveled the world with her backpack and camera taking photos of everyday women to showcase the diversity of beauty all around us. 

     is a collection of her photographs celebrating women from all corners of the world, revealing that beauty is everywhere, and that it comes in many different sizes and colors. Noroc’s colorful and moving portraits feature women in their local communities, ranging from the Amazon rainforest to London city streets, and from markets in India to parks in Harlem, visually juxtaposing the varied physical and social worlds these women inhabit. Packaged as a gift-worthy, hardcover book, The Atlas of Beauty presents a fresh perspective on the global lives of women today.

    I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for the women featured in here. They bring dignity, strength, and inner beauty that shines from page to page. From each of them I learned or was reminded of something new, whether that be tolerance, kindness, resilience, natural and authentic beauty, serenity, strength, and generosity. Plus, the vibrant and colorful photographs really brought something new to the table.

    However, as captivating as the images were, I feel like the words that accompanied them, save for a few, failed to move me. In comparison to the collections I mentioned at the start of my review, it was difficult to ignore how bland the text is. I wanted to see what lies beneath the surface, to feel like we’re getting to know the person in front of us... But again, save for a few, I rarely encountered said emotion in this collection. Also: I'm low-key sad that the cover picture wasn't included in here.

    On a brighter note, I'd love to share the photographs of the enthralling women that captivated me:

    I was truly surprised to see Eden Saban in the above, since she's quite well-known in Israel, thanks to being on the last season of

    . So now I'm quite eager to find out if the author randomly stumbled upon her and asked for a picture, or if they set this up....

    On that bitter-sweet note, the sharp women and girls featured in 

    have made a new fan out of me. I'm definitely interested in keeping up with Mihaela Noroc's photography works next in the making.

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  • Mari‚Ąďina

    Sometimes I feel extremely blessed when I get to read a book before its release date and today is one of those amazing days. The Atlas of Beauty is the ultimate book for every photography buff, not just because it's filled with gorgeous photos, but mostly because of the enthralling stories it entails.

    The concept is simple but not an easy task for the photographer, I'm sure; real women in their native environment projecting their natural beauty and sharing their unique, inspiring stories with the

    Sometimes I feel extremely blessed when I get to read a book before its release date and today is one of those amazing days. The Atlas of Beauty is the ultimate book for every photography buff, not just because it's filled with gorgeous photos, but mostly because of the enthralling stories it entails.

    The concept is simple but not an easy task for the photographer, I'm sure; real women in their native environment projecting their natural beauty and sharing their unique, inspiring stories with the world.

    Mihaela Noroc succeeds in conveying the message she needs to in every photo and captivating the reader's mind in a very organic and wholesome way. I had been blown away by the sheer beauty of this book and I recommend it to everyone without a single doubt.

    Women of any color, size and origin are presented respectfully in a book that celebrates womanhood, diversity and acceptance. I found some of the stories heartbreaking and others very sweet but the undertone was too powerful not to hear it loud and clear: Hope, strength and unity.

    Yes, I fell in love with this gem and proudly so!

    THOUGHTS ABOUT THE BOOK

    - 50 Countries,

    - 500 Photos,

    - From London to Brazil... From Greece to India...

    - In the making since 2013

    - I want to congratulate the photographer for her work and for putting herself through a variety of difficulties and calamities in order to gather this incredible photo collection from around the world.

  • Alex

    Beautiful photographs and a neat idea, but it could have been pushed much further. I would have loved this book had it worked from a broader definition of beauty. So many thin women, mostly cis, not much queerness. I understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and obviously the photographer can choose to photograph whom she thinks is beautiful, but I think her message of finding hope and common ground across distance, difference, and experience would have been much more impactful had t

    Beautiful photographs and a neat idea, but it could have been pushed much further. I would have loved this book had it worked from a broader definition of beauty. So many thin women, mostly cis, not much queerness. I understand that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and obviously the photographer can choose to photograph whom she thinks is beautiful, but I think her message of finding hope and common ground across distance, difference, and experience would have been much more impactful had the focus shifted away from conventional beauty.

  • Claire

    Wonderful book full of portraits of women from around the world. My favorite part is how the author has made notable effort in destroying the Eurocentric beauty standards that plague the world today, and how the author does it in a way that is respectful of women of color/non European cultures, instead of just race fetishizing. I love that part!!!

  • Melissa

    I hate having to give this two stars but I find the title and description a bit misleading. There are tons of beautiful photographs and stories from many different countries which really makes this book special. But after a while I realized that except for one photo from LA all the USA photos was only from New York. I am curious about why she chose to focus only on that city unless her travels didn't include the other states. There are pages that are collages and a few are listed in the back as

    I hate having to give this two stars but I find the title and description a bit misleading. There are tons of beautiful photographs and stories from many different countries which really makes this book special. But after a while I realized that except for one photo from LA all the USA photos was only from New York. I am curious about why she chose to focus only on that city unless her travels didn't include the other states. There are pages that are collages and a few are listed in the back as being from the USA but with no town listed but probably New York as well. This is a wonderful project and I hope that the author continues portraying the beauty found in women around the globe. I just hope future books which I look forward to include more diversity.

  • Kathleen

    By seeing the photos and reading the stories of these amazing women from around the world, I feel connected to them, and inspired. I preordered The Atlas Of Beauty as soon as it was available, and when it finally arrived it was exactly what I had hoped it would be.

  • Bader

    One of the good deeds.

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